Our history is scattered throughout my postings, but the basic story is we have two biological kids, now 24 and 20, and three adopted siblings, now 23, 15, and 14. The last 12 years of our lives have been spent learning about the effects of RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder), mental and physical abuse and abandonment inflicted on the hearts of our children. Our journey has been filled with exhaustion, stress, anxiety, fear and ignorance while challenging our minds, bodies and spiritual lives. Our children have worked hard to be free of the bonds of the lies they believe about themselves from their very beginnings, to know they have value and purpose. We try to live our lives with openness while still protecting details of our children’s lives that would be hurtful or shameful for them to share.
Is there anything to my life besides RAD? Absolutely! I have been homeschooling 19 years and have a few more to go. I guess I’m eclectic in my approach, using some standard texts and programs while identifying and responding to the unique needs of my children. I desire to teach my children how to think, make good decisions and walk with God to discern His plan for their lives. An education without character building and real life skills is knowledge without heart.
I also love to scrapbook (I’m a huge fan of Project Life), have a newfound interest in decorating and love any and all things thrifty. I don’t particularly love to cook, but I do love sharing tried and true family recipes and amazing new ones found on Pinterest. I’m learning to be a better photographer, and I fight valiantly to learn that necessary evil, the computer. My faith in God is the foundation from which comes all creative and beautiful things.
Thanks for joining me in this adventure called blogging. I hope you’ll make yourself at home! To contact me, click on your choice of the icons on the right column, and I will be happy to connect with you and share your stories and dreams.